College Financial Aid Night – Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.

The process of planning and paying for college can be daunting.

For help filling out Federal and State forms that directly affect grants, loans and scholarships the Counseling Center in the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School is here!

Parents and students are invited to attend Financial Aid Night in the Jr./Sr. High School on October 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The night will begin with a presentation in the Auditorium from Fulton-Montgomery Community College Financial Aid Coordinator Rebecca Cozzocrea who will provide an overview of the financial aid process, including how to access New York State’s Excelsior (“free tuition”) Scholarship.

A member of the Fort Plain Scholarship Association will also be on hand to explain their scholarship application requirements.

Attendees will then move to the Library Computer Lab where they will get assistance filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) applications.

In order to fill out FAFSA forms it is a good idea to register for a Federal Student Aid ID before October 11. This can be done at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid. If there are issues connecting to the site then an ID can be made at the workshop.

Other needed information for the night includes:

  • Student and Parents social security numbers (Have cards to ensure number is correct.)
  • Parents’ dates of birth
  • Student’s driver’s license number (if they have one)
  • Student’s Permanent Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Copy of student’s 2016 Federal Income Tax Return. (or W-2 Wage statements)
  • Copy of parents’ 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (or W-2 Wage statements)
  • Records of student’s un-taxed income for:
    • Child support received in the student’s name
    • Child support received for any of the student’s children
    • Interest income
    • Veterans non-education benefits
    • Disability benefits
    • Money received by or paid on the student’s behalf
  • Records of parents’ un-taxed income for:
    • Child support received for all children
    • Interest income
    • Veterans non-education benefits
    • Un-taxed portion of pension benefits
    • Un-taxed portion of IRA deductions
    • Un-taxed portion of IRA distributions
    • Workers’ compensation benefits
    • Disability benefits
  • Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) (if created, see above)
  • Valid email address

Questions about Financial Aid Night can be sent to 10-12 School Counselor Colleen Cushing at colleen.cushing@fortplain.org or 518-993-4000, #2129.

Jr./Sr. Student Council Officers Elected, Students of the Month

The Student Council elections at the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School concluded in September and the following students will serve for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • President: Michael D’Arcangelis
  • Vice President: Cameron Suits
  • Vice President: Tyler Swartz
  • Treasurer: Bryce Thibodeau
  • Secretary: Quinn Jones
  • Public Relations: Louis Calbet

The Jr./Sr. High School Students of the Month for September are:

  • Michael Hoffman Grade 12
  • Faith-Araya Rende Grade 11
  • Caelan Germond Grade 10
  • Sarah Paradiso Grade 9
  • Seth Rivkowich Grade 8
  • Andra Fuhs Grade 7

We need your help! Substitutes needed!

The Fort Plain Central School District is looking for substitute bus drivers and substitute cleaners!

Become a substitute in the Fort Plain School District!

Fill out the application on our Employment page, and include a letter of interest, a resume, and 3 letters of recommendation or call Rebecca Smith in the District Office at 518-993-4000 ext. #1000.

Send materials to:

David W. Ziskin, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
25 High Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339

Substitute teacher aides are also in demand!

If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher aide, please contact HFM BOCES Substitute Services at 518-736-4390.

Emily Marsh and Jason Huang honored for academics, leadership

Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School seniors Emily Marsh and Jason Huang were recognized for outstanding academic, school, and community leadership at the 30th annual University at Albany Multicultural High School Achievers Award Program on September 23.

Both Marsh and Huang have academic averages over 88 and were nominated by 10-12 School Counselor Colleen Cushing back in February.

The pair enjoyed a day-long event at the University at Albany’s uptown campus featuring campus tours, student panels, and a student services fair.

Overall, the program honors African American, Latino(a), Asian American, and Native American students throughout the Capital District and beyond.

Fort Plain wins $2,500 literacy grant

The Fort Plain Central School District has won a $2,500 Dollar General Youth Literacy grant.

The grant will benefit 40 readers in the Jr./Sr. High School in grades 8-9 who will participate in “LEGOS for Literacy.”

Instruction will take place during reading class and in the library, using LEGO WeDo 2.0 coding kits. The goal is for students to increase competency in reading fiction and functional passages. It is expected that participants will increase these reading skills by one grade level from September 2017 to May 2018.

40th Annual Fort Plain Cross Country Invitational

The Canajoharie-Fort Plain boys cross country team won the boys small-school team title at the 40th annual Fort Plain Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, September 16.

C-FP finished tied Greenwich (114 points), but won on the sixth-runner tie breaker. Andrew Yacobucci was second overall for C-FP, Michael Hoffman was 17th (18:30.2), Michael D’Arcangelis was 31st (19:23.2), and Jason Huang was 32nd (19:29.9).

Voorheesville’s Evan Esslin won the individual boys small school title (16:26.0).

Greenwich won the the girls small-school title, while Arlington won both the boys and girls large school divisions.

Full results can be seen at Section2Harrier.com, and more details are available below and from the Gloversville Leader-Herald.

 

Heroes and Sweethearts come to Harry Hoag

Facebook Gallery of the Heroes and Sweethearts Presentation

Students throughout Fort Plain’s Harry Hoag Elementary School donned capes and masks and stood up for what was right in the gymnasium on Friday.

A Fort Plain student roleplays as a superhero during an assembly at Harry hoag Elementary school.
A hero rises.

They stood up to play-acting bullies and conquered fears with self-confidence with the help of Tom Murphy, Rick Yarosh, and Amos (Yarosh’s black labrador assistant) from the Sweethearts and Heroes motivational speaking program.

“We aim to educate student not just in the traditional academics, but also in social and emotional settings. We want to help our student continue to grow into great people,” said Harry Hoag principal Lauren Chrisman. “Having Sweethearts and Heroes come in to speak with our students gives them a different perspective on the world and also the tools to be advocates for themselves and one another.”

The speaking duo and four-legged assistant are part of a group that bring a message to students around the country about the impact bullying has on schools, neighborhoods, and individuals. On Friday, they spoke about bystander empowerment, empathy and leadership to all of the elementary audiences.

A pair of Fort Plain students role play in the Heroes and Sweethearts presentation.
A hero stands up.

“Through knowledge and communication, we are committed to bringing our message to communities — not only to help the victims, but especially to empower bystanders to make a difference,” the group’s website sweetheartsandheroes.com says. “We all have the potential to be someone’s hero. The message is so universal that it can help create climates of empathy, kindness and leadership in all settings.”

A Fort Plain student talks to Amos the dog during the presentation on Friday.Murphy, who graduated from Cooperstown High School, was an academic and athletic star at the State University of New York at Brockport. With a variety of professional interests – he is a railroad control specialist, martial artist, and restaurateur – he brought passion and comedy along with his message of heroes having empathy and compassion for others.

Yarosh, who was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2006, delivered his own message about sweethearts giving him self-confidence and how Fort Plain students can do that for each other. He told a story about a five-year old girl accepting him despite the fact that he looks different due to his injuries.

“Sweethearts like her are unforgettable. A five-year old girl changed a 24-year old guy’s life,” he said. “You can do that too. You can do that everyday. You can help make another person’s life better.”

Board of Education holds regular meeting on Sept. 13

The Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education will hold its regular meeting in the Ronald  H. Thibodeau  Conference Room at the Harry Hoag Elementary  School at 7 p.m. on September 13.

The board is expected to hear a presentation from Patrick Michel, the HFM BOCES Superintendent, titled “What is BOCES and How Does It Work?”

There are also presentations from district administrators scheduled along with reports on district enrollment, the new dismissal pattern, and grade 3-8 NYS English Language Arts and Math test results and trends.

The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is October 11 at 7 p.m.

Further dates, documents and previous meeting information can be found here.